Greg Crafts owns and operates Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottage on the north end of the lake out of Huxley, Tx. Greg has been fishing Toledo Bend since it's impoundment and has been running his guide service full time since 1993. Whether you're a visiting pro preparing for a tournament, a novice wanting to learn the basics or a businessman wanting to entertain your clients, Greg can accommodate you. Specializing in Black Bass, White Bass, Bream and Crappie. For more information visit Greg's website at http://www.toledo-bend.net/toledobend
Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
November 1, 2013
Periodically, I report on the newest technologies on the market that can make our fishing more productive. If you are not upgrading to the latest electronics, you are missing out on not being able to capitalize on catching fish.
Johnson Outdoors continues to lead with the most innovated products on the market. Their Minn Kota trolling motor actually communicates with their Humminbird sonar/GPS units. Their sonar not only has high definition side and down scan abilities but now they have sonar that has a full 360 degree picture. Combine all of these features together with the Lakemaster map and they have truly transformed navigation and identification of structure into a whole new realm of locating and seeing what is under the water.
November is one of the most productive fishing months of the year. The Black and White bass will be feeding heavy in anticipation of winter, and the Crappie here on the north end of the lake will be moving to the river channel ledges ganging up on natural and man made cover. November is a great time to be on the water.
The bait-fish are moving into the coves and the bass are following. Use your electronics to locate the bait-fish and you will locate the bass. Watch for schooling activity and keep a top water plug, spinner bait, buzz bait, Rat-L-Trap or shallow running crank bait handy. For bigger fish throw a worm, jig, spoon or tail spinner under the schooling bass. Finesse plastics (Trick Worms, Flukes, and Senkos) fished along shallow grass lines close to deep water will also be very productive. Areas to concentrate are main lake points, river channel shelf and ledges, the mouth of the major creeks and coves, and creek shelf and ledges.
The White bass will be on a rampage on the north end sandbars. Slab spoons, tail spinners, Rattle-L-Traps and crank baits will all be productive. Watch for schooling activity and keep a Rat-L-Trap, crank bait and top water plug handy.
Whether you call them Crappie, sac-au-lait, White Perch or paper mouths, anglers from all over the country will be heading to the Bend to pursue our world famous fall/winter Crappie season. The fish will gang up on the ledges of the old river channel around natural and planted brush piles. Jigs and shiners vertically fished over cover are the ticket.
If you would like an updated report or a guided trip, please contact me.
Rt. 1, Bx 1347
Shelbyville, Tx. 75973